10/07/2005

Wife as Slave?

To me, marriage is a partnership in which a man and woman seek to build a life together and grow with one another. Each has the same rights and each has a voice in decisions that affect family life.

There is one religion that purports to respect women but doesn't, Islam. There are many verses in the Koran that list unclean things as being dogs, monkeys, and women. It is not isolated verses. Women should be covered from head to foot to keep men from being distracted from natural impulses. A lot of women regard the hajib, burkha and similar as a testament to their faith. I wonder what they would make of the following:

The Place of Women in Pure Islam

by M. Rafiqul-Haqq and P. Newton


"Our scholars have said: "Allah the most exalted, He made the dowry to be a substitute. He treated it like other things that require a substitute. Because of his saying: "(Such wives as you enjoy thereby, give them their wages apportionate. Q. 4:24) So He called it a wage. He took it outside the law of gifts to the law of replacements. The argument that both partners enjoy each other in marriage and that the dowry is an additional payment for the wife, is not so. But the husband is obliged to pay the dowry, so that he may own the right of rulership over the woman, and stand as the "master to his slave" in the relationship because of what he gave as a substitute. So that her benefit becomes his. So she cannot fast except by his permission. She cannot go to pilgrimage, except by his permission. She does not leave the house, except by his permission. And he will have the right over her property except up to a third will belong to her. It goes without saying, that he will have the right over her body. "[132] (Ibn al-'Araby)

The above quotations are not a collection of isolated, eccentric, or uncommon examples, but they are a representation of the main stream of a coherent consistent point of view regarding the place of women in Islam. Debate


In Islam when a woman marries, her husband has control over every aspect of her life. She needs his permission to even go out of the house or on a religious pilgrimage. He has the right of all but a third of her property. Even her body is not her own!!

So in other words, when a man pays the dowry and marries a woman, that woman becomes his slave and this view is consistent with the place of women in mainstream Islam.

The hajib, which so many Muslim women in Western countries embrace as a testament to their faith, is really another tool to suppress women. It maybe a testament to their faith but it is a faith that seeks to suppress women and treats a woman as nothing more than a instrument for satisfying a man's sexual drive. Many Muslim countries deride Western countries for turning women into sex objects but Muslim countries are the ones that treat their women as nothing but sex objects.

When marriage becomes perverted to a master/slave relationship, no marriage exists. In the above excerpt, it turns what should be a joyous union into a slave transaction in which the woman is paid to become a slave and is called marriage.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Bozwell said...

I was sickened to read an article from "Islam Online".

It is entitled "My Daughter a Witness To Violence"--a woman's complaint about her cheating Husband. The advice she was given was a disgrace, suggesting that she tolerate this behaviour because the dude was having a hard time--that she should look to herself as to the reasons why he might be cheating on her, like it was her fault!!!

What a Joke!

10:53 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

boz,

All of it is one sad farce!

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Felis said...

Reading Islam On Line provides such chilling and at the same time eye opening material.
Just consider this:

"Maha - Canada
If I get my period during the day I am fasting, do I have to make up that day even if it was just before 'iftar time?

Answer In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Yes, you need to make up for that day. You should continue this day as fasting but it won't be counted as a valid day of fast. "
Is this lunacy or what?

2:04 PM  
Blogger Esther said...

What a freak show. I am always drawn back to the fact that this is such cave man treatment. What century are we in?!? Great rant, Seawitch.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

felis,

The more I read, the more I have to agree that it is lunacy.

esther,

Freak show is another good choice. Thanks.

2:23 PM  

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